It’s the holidaze and Joey and I knew we needed to decorate to create a cozy environment for relaxation and getting tipsy off mulled wine. Of course it involved lots of DIY, tree hugging and general merriment aka Joey making himself a tutu.
We sipped the Chrismahanukkahkwanzaasolstice kool-ade last year and did the whole 10 yards/ 10-foot tree, but after Winston and Roxanne kept eating it and puking up pine needles everywhere, I swore never again! So this year, Joey and I gave an old tree new life by transforming it into garlands/ wreaths/ wall displays/ hair extensions/ … ghillie suits?
I hope this episode inspires you to think about your holiday decor in an unexpected way, or, at the very least, to give that little runt of the tree lot a second look! Happy holidays! Happy decorating!
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DIY Evergreen Mantle Covering
Cut pieces of pine branches
Hammer and nails
- Measure your mantle area you want to cover and cut enough chicken wire to use as your base for your evergreen branches. If your mantle is wider than the width of the chicken wire (like ours) you will need enough pieces to cover the width as well.
- Use small branches of evergreen to feed through the holes of the netting in the chicken wire. Use floral wire if needed to anchor the branches.
- Hammer in nails along the top of your mantle and hang each evergreen thatched piece of chicken wire to hang down over your mantle by simply placing the nails through holes in the chicken wire. Bend the sides of your thatched pieces around any contours on your mantle, trim where needed with the wire cutters and fill in any empty gaps with extra pieces of branches.